Tuesday, June 02, 2020

2020 MLB Topps Now - MLB Network's Top 100 - All the Dodgers

I was starting to wonder if they were ever going to print up these cards. As you'll recall, back in February Topps sold a special set exclusively online through their Topps Now program called MLB Network's Top 100. It's a set that features only the top-100 ballplayers, per the MLB Network. After nearly four months of waiting I've just found out that these cards have recently been showing up in collectors mailboxes -- finally! Go here for a complete checklist.

These cards were sold in individual packs of 10-cards, and a total of 4902 packs were created. This would translate into an approximate print run of 490 copies of each card.

There are eight Dodgers available in the 100-card set. Check them all out below.

#3 Cody Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 6/2/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Below are Some links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1894 Brooklyn hurler Ed Stein pitched a seven inning no-hitter against the Chicago Colts (Cubs), 1-0. I am unsure as to why the game was called early. In 1995 Japanese All-Star Hideo Nomo wins his first Major League game after five no-decisions. He would go eight innings, walked three and strike out six batters to defeat the Mets, 2-1, at Dodger Stadium. In 2017 Clayton Kershaw records his 2,000th career strikeout -- blanking Brewers infielder Jonathan Villar. BTW, Villar had a very bad day. He struck out three times against Kershaw. Also, the Dodgers combined for a total of 26 strikeouts during the 12-inning game, while the Brewers blanked 16 batters. Overall, both teams set a record for total strikeouts in a game at 42 (boxscore).
  • Happy BirthdaySloppy ThurstonRené ValdésBob LillisGene MichaelLemmie MillerChance Sanford & Chin-hui Tsao!

Monday, June 01, 2020

2020 Topps Project 2020 -- Jackie Robinson by Joshua Vides -- #98

Joshue Vides, known worldwide for his monochromatic hand-drawn line illustrations, is the fifth artist to tackle Jackie Robinson's 1952 Topps card. See it above.

Originally from Rialto, Vides began his career as a street culture influencer, artist and entrepreneur designer with the famed The Hundreds, while having his own brand called CLSC. But today's success came, like with a lot of folks in the scene, with sneakers -- Nike Air Jordan 1's to be exact. Per Mallory Chin at Hypebeast:
But it wasn’t until Vides posted a pair of hand-painted Air Jordan 1s on his IG that his phone quickly blew up. “I posted those shoes near the end of the day. As soon as I woke up I had all these new followers and mentions; all my friends were hitting me up,” Vides says excitedly. But how does he feel to be called a “professional” artist now? “I’ve studied art for a long time and I like crafting things with my hands. I’m really good at building things and molding things with clay. I put up a pair of shoes on social media and it just blows up,” Vides states. “My mom was like, ‘you’ve been doing this all your life and now people are calling you an artist?’”

2020 Topps 'Turn Back the Clock' -- Duke's Big Day

This days Turn Back the Clock Topps online exclusive card makes note of Duke Snider's outstanding day at the plate in 1955. Against the Milwaukee Braves he pummeled the club to the tune of three home runs, a double and six RBI. On top of that, the Dodger overall hit six homers -- establishing a new club record for homers in a game. Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
June 1, 1955 -- Duke put on a show for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, clubbing three home runs as part of a four-hit game with six RBI. Duke went yard in his first at-bat, before launching blast in consecutive at-bats later in the game. The monstrous performance led the Dodgers to an 11-8 victory over the Milwaukee Braves.

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Blog Kiosk: 6/1/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Here's a fun photo that is currently available on auction through RMY (link here). It features what looks like the entire Brooklyn team surrounding the piano, while singing a tune. Skipper Burt Shotton is on the piano bench and Jackie Robinson is on the far right -- standing behind Duke Snider. Unfortunately, the pic isn't dated, but it's thought to be from the 1947 season -- primarily because Shotton was known to not wear the typically manager uniform when he managed the club that year.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1955 the Brooklyn Dodgers set a franchise record when they hit six home runs in a game during their victory over the Milwaukee Braves at Ebbets Field. Duke Snider hit three homers in the contest (becoming the first Dodger to do it twice), to go along with home runs by Jackie RobinsonPee Wee Reese and Roy CampanellaIn 1962 Don Drysdale defeated the Philadelphia Phillies for the 13th consecutive time - a streak that began in 1958. I remember this next incident so well. In 1997 Wilton Guerrero shattered his bat during an at-bat and immediately scrambled to pick up the bat pieces instead of running to first base. Obviously, home plate umpire Steve Ripley got suspicious and subsequently searched the remains. Ripley found cork, ejected Guerrero and then the league suspended for eight games.
  • Happy BirthdayOtto MillerTy TysonRay MooreChuck TempletonKen McMullen Derek Lowe!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 5/29/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

I have no idea what's going on in the photo above, and neither does the seller on eBay (auction link). It is unmarked and undated. Featured is a vintage B&W photograph, possibly a press photo, showing Gil Hodges, Don Drysdale, Johnny Podres and Pee Wee Reese in their Sunday best.

These Dodgers' appear to be having a good time -- as Podres playfully pushes Reese against the wall, like he's about to get frisked. Or maybe, they are in the midst of a conga line, with Pee Wee leading the pack astray -- right into a wall.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1905, according to legend, Dodger hurler Elmer Stricklett introduces Baseball to the spitball -- beating the Giants, 4-3. Of course, this is a bunch of mumbo-jumbo. Although, many do credit Stricklett with being one of the first to use it -- having built a reputation for throwing the pitch much earlier in his career on the west coast. In 1957 tough-talking New York Mayor Robert Wagner, following the leagues announcement allowing the Dodgers and Giants to leave New York, states that the city will not be "blackjacked" into doing a deal. In 1980 Dodgers starter Bob Welch throws a one-hit shutout to defeat the Braves, 3-0. He faced the minimum of 27 batters in the game. In 1983 Dodger reliever Steve Howe is readmitted to a drug treatment center after suffering a relapse from his cocaine addiction.
  • Happy BirthdayPhil GallivanJohn KennedyEric DavisTrever Miller & Jerry Hairston!